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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:16 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
James Rodgers' season-ending knee injury was not only painful to see, but also incredibly unfortunate for the Oregon State wide receiver. Still, if every cloud has a silver lining, this cloud's would be the fact that, if he wants to, Rodgers shouldn't have much trouble getting a medical waiver from the NCAA which would allow him to play next season. It would also mean that James was able to finish his college career alongside his brother Jacquizz Rodgers.
The key part of that whole equation, though, is if he wants to. James showed up at Oregon State's practice on Tuesday and he was non-commital as to what his plans for the future are.
"I've got a lot of time to think about that, so I'll just talk to coach Riley, get his input on everything and make my decision when the time comes.''
James should probably talk to his brother too, because according to Jacquizz, his big brother is definitely coming back to Corvallis next season. At least, that's what he said during his weekly segment on a local radio show.
Odds are that the effects of James' impending surgery, along with the months of rehab that will follow, will be the biggest factor in whether the elder Rodgers brother decides to enter the NFL draft or not. If things go well and the knee holds up, then odds are he'll go pro. If not, he'll return for another season.
While at practice Rodgers was also asked whether he was upset about the way he hurt his knee, being pulled to the ground by Adam Hall of Arizona after he'd already crossed the goal line. He said no, that Hall was only "playing to the whistle."